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How do you contrast the tone of the poems?  Hymn: "His Prayer to Ben Jonson By Robert Herrick  Ode: "An Ode for Him" By Robert Herrick

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The tone of the two poems is celebratory, honoring poet Ben Johnson, but the ode is more familiar.

Tone is the author’s attitude toward a subject, and can be expressed partly in poetic form.  An ode, for example, is usually celebratory in tone.  A hymn is as well, but usually with a religious overtone.  Robert Herrick considered himself a sort of literary “son” to Ben Johnson, and therefore wanted to...

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